Cardiologist prescribed nitroglycerin for emergency use at my last visit. I have sick sinus syndrome which pacemaker addresses. Wondering how many others are carrying nitroglycerin around. 




by Gemita - 2022-11-21 04:24:54

Hello FunGranddaddy, oh yes, I believe many members will have Nitroglycerin to hand just in case they need help with their chest discomforts.  Sublingual glyceryl trinitrate tablets or spray should be used for the immediate relief of angina and before performing activities known to bring on angina.  I was prescribed it when I attended ER/A&E some weeks ago during an arrhythmia, but I don't have to use it very often. My husband on the other hand, won't leave home without his spray.

Nitroglycerin is a potent vasodilator (dilation of the vascular system) to treat heart conditions such as angina caused by coronary artery disease, micro vascular disease.  I tend to get a bit light headed on it with a rapid fall in blood pressure, so I have to be careful but my husband tolerates the spray well.  My husband now also takes extended release tablets which work for around 12 hours (Isosorbide Mononitrate) and this med keeps his chest pain under better control.

Have you used the spray yet and did it help?


by FunGranddaddy - 2022-11-21 09:11:54

They prescribed pills not spray which I have put in little bottles on my two key rings. I haven't had the need to take them. 

An interesting fact !

by IAN MC - 2022-11-21 15:29:54

Avid readers of Google will spot that :-

Nitroglycerin has been prescribed as a vasodilator for over 130 yrs.

So it is older than even .........let me think ................. Joe Biden ( just ) !



by WazzA - 2022-11-21 15:45:12

Yes I've been prescribed it as a spray, I'm certainly NOT a fan of it's side effects which I was warned about, Light headedness immediately after use & A nast Hangover type headache!  NOT NICE at all.


by Old male - 2022-11-21 21:40:49

Have carried Nitroglycerin tablets since 1998 after bypass surgery.  Occasionally have angina and will take one.  Always works in a couple of minutes.  The only time it didn't was 2004 when a plaque rupture caused total blockage of RCA.  A helicopter ride and 2 stents took care of the problem but there was a 12 hr time frame from start to stents.  Took about a year for the tightness sensation in heart muscle to disappear. As for carrying the small bottle in pocket mine would sometimes end up in the dryer after clothes washing.  Good thing they are inexpensive. 

Fungrandaddy:  in the past, I have used the small metal cylinders attached to keyring.  After a while when I would open the container sometimes they were either partial broken or even stuck and required a probe to remove.  Other times no problem 

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So, my advice is to go about your daily routine and forget that you have a pacemaker implanted in your body.